May
1
Wed
Into the Woods: Photo Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
May 1 – May 30 all-day
Into the Woods: Photo Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center

Courtney Golding’s photo exhibit, Into the Woods, is inspired by her love of art and nature.

“I came to realize there was a deeper meaning to me shooting these photographs when I remembered playing in the trees as a child and using my imagination to visualize real life images in tree bark. I came to understand that this body of work is a manifestation of that childhood experience.” —Courtney Golding

A portion of the funds from art sales will be donated to further arts programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

May
25
Sat
Transit to Trails: Hike & Explore Franklin Canyon @ Compton Creek Natural Park Tickets
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transit to Trails: Hike & Explore Franklin Canyon @ Compton Creek Natural Park

Open to all!

Want to visit a new hiking trail but need a ride? We got you! Join us on a free hike led by one of our experienced and bilingual naturalists, or if you’d prefer you can explore the park on your own.

For questions regarding accessibility, contact us at: info@communitynatureconnection.org

All fitness levels are welcome!
Family-friendly.
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

WHEN:
Bus Arrives at 9:00 AM and will return by 4:00 PM.
Seating is on a first come, first-served basis.

WHERE:
Meet at Compton Creek Natural Park. We’ll load onto a bus and then head to Franklin Canyon Park to hike and learn about the park’s natural and human history.

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes. Pack water, a lunch, snacks, sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses in a backpack.

Presented by Community Nature Connection in association with Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, all working to connect you to your public lands!

Can’t make it? Trips are scheduled at Compton Creek Natural Park on select dates throughout the year! Check our Facebook Events page for more trips.

“Welcome Walk” @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Welcome Walk" @ Malibu Creek State Park

Join a docent for a refreshing walk along Malibu Creek, through a wooded valley. Learn about fire restoration, plus the park’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed on location. Meet at the Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms.

Kids Story Time & Nature Walk-Books & Trails, Kids 4-10-Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon Tickets
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Kids Story Time & Nature Walk-Books & Trails, Kids 4-10-Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon

Join a Franklin Canyon Docent for a nature-themed Story Time followed by a Guided Nature Walk around the lake at Franklin Canyon.
Recommended ages are 4-10.
Please be on time, as not all Story Time readings happen inside the Nature Center

May
26
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon Tickets
May 26 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow @ Rancho Sierra Vista
The Yerba Mansa Meadow restoration project seeks to restore/enhance approximately 10.8 acres of wetland, riparian and upland habitat through invasive species removal and revegetation with native plants. This meadow is a good example of an ephemeral wetland that has yerba mansa as a dominant species, and this is somewhat uncommon.
 
This project aims to restore native habitat, and to improve habitat for bird roosting and nesting by introducing native plants that provide a variety of food sources. We will also improve the natural appearance of the wetlands.
 
Native species for this project include species known to occur in and around wetland areas (yerba mansa, mugwort, spreading rush, mule fat, golden current, deer grass, giant wild rye) and common coastal sage scrub species (purple sage, California buckwheat , California sagebrush, elderberry).

Please RSVP through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-opportunity-at-yerba-mansa-meadow-tickets-61435875357

 
Wear hiking attire, bring water/resuable water bottle, sunscreen, and a sun hat.
 
For more information, contact:
Lei De Vera at National Park Service tel. 805-370-2300 x3325
Directions:
 
Main entrance cross street is Via Goleta and Lynn Road, Newbury Park, CA, 91320
GPS Coordinates for Entrance (Via Goleta & Lynn Road): N 34.1569 W -118.9733
Main Entrance: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.
 
It is best to park in the equestrian or overflow parking lot and walk to the restoration. The distance to the restoration site is less than a quarter of a mile.
May
28
Tue
Hike in Solstice Canyon @ Solstice Canyon Tickets
May 28 @ 8:30 am
Hike in Solstice Canyon @ Solstice Canyon

Moderately paced 4 mile 600 ft gain hike on Rising Sun Trail to Tropical Terrace (Roberts Ranch) and Solstice Canyon Falls, then back along the canyon through oak and walnut groves by the stream. See how it’s recovery is coming after the Wolsey Fire. Meet 8:30 AM at parking lot kiosk. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Las Virgenes Rd/Malibu Canyon exit, go south to Pacific Coast Hwy. From Malibu Canyon Rd intersection, go west on Pacific Coast Hwy 2¼ miles, turn inland on Corral Canyon Rd (at 76 Station), drive ¼ mile to park entrance, and continue on paved park road to parking lot at end. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Jun
1
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Jun 1 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

Bring your binoculars, bird guide, and/or camera and join us for an easy bird walk around the grounds of King Gillette Ranch. This area attracts many songbirds, water birds, woodpeckers, and raptors and we are always treated to something interesting. Kids are welcome and the walk is less than a mile at a very easy pace as we stop often to observe the birds.

 

We leave promptly at 8:30 from the flagpole. Heavy rain cancels (but I will be there for anyone who wants to walk in it!). See you there!

National Trails Day! Volunteer on Backbone Trail @ Backbone Trail - Encinal Canyon Trailhead Tickets
Jun 1 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
National Trails Day! Volunteer on Backbone Trail @ Backbone Trail - Encinal Canyon Trailhead

The National Park Service, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund and REI invite you to roll up your sleeves and join in National Trails Day and help rebuild the Backbone Trail after the Woolsey fire. Bring work gloves, wear protective footwear, a hat, long sleeves and pants. Please bring a backpack with a reusable water bottle and sun protection. Tools and refreshments will be provided. Participants must be at least 8 years old and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Register on Eventbrite.

Calabasas Blue Habitat Restoration @ Juan Bautista de Anza Park Tickets
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Calabasas Blue Habitat Restoration @ Juan Bautista de Anza Park

Join Mountains Restoration Trust to help restore native grasslands in the foothills west of Juan Bautista De Anza Park in Calabasas. Volunteers will be collecting seed from native grasses like purple needle grass. They will also participate in weeding invasive plants to restore our native habitat and prevent competition with natives.

Please arrive by 8:45am and look for our group on the west side of the park. Parking is limited to street side spaces to avoid impacting parking for park visitors. Bring hat, water, snack, and sturdy shoes. Gloves and tools provided. Receive community service credit

Great Fun for Kids and Families! Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form.

Registration is Required: Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details.

Have more questions? Contact us at ishah@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 9am to 5:00pm at (818) 591-1701.

*NOTE: As summer approaches and temperatures increase, MRT may change the activities of volunteer events for volunteers’ safety. In some cases, we may have to cancel volunteer events. Please check your email for updates!